Ideally, people injured by a single event or multiple events occurring over time, such as cases involving defective drugs, should join in a lawsuit. Collective representation is cheaper and easier than individual representation. Plus, there’s a higher chance of a win when collectively represented. This is because there are fewer legal obstacles to overcome with the help of a mass tort litigation lawyer.
The problem is that some states do not allow this, so they have created their versions of mass tort litigation. These laws vary from state to state. For example, California has Proposition 65, which requires warning labels on products containing chemicals known to cause cancer or congenital disabilities.
Dolman Law Group is well acquainted with the rules regarding mass torts, and we know how to make sure that you receive fair damages. Over the years, we have represented many clients involved in mass torts and secured fair case results. We understand what it takes to win these cases, and we will work hard to help you achieve your goals.
How Can Dolman Law Group Help Me Join a Mass Tort Case?
We represent plaintiffs in personal injury claims, medical malpractice claims, product liability claims, wrongful death claims, and other types of claims. We have trial attorneys who are ready to fight for you. We will take care of every aspect of your case from start to finish.
More specifically, we have represented clients in mass tort litigation. We have handled many cases involving:
- Asbestos exposure
- Defective drugs
- Dangerous toys
- Defective cars
- Unsafe food
- Defective construction
We will handle everything for you, including:
- Discovery (gathering evidence)
- Trial preparation
- Settlement negotiations
- Post-trial motions
- Appellate representation
What does It Cost to Hire a Mass Tort Litigation Lawyer?
The cost of hiring a mass tort lawyer depends on your type of claim. If you want to hire one of our competitors, they may charge you thousands of dollars per hour. However, Dolman Law Group offers free consultations and contingency-fee based representation.
We will explain your options and advise whether you should pursue a particular claim. If you decide to proceed, we will prepare a detailed agreement outlining the terms of our representation. This will include the percentage of your settlement or judgment that we will take as our fee. If we do not win your case, you do not pay us.
Am I Eligible for Compensation Through a Personal Injury Mass Tort Case?
Most states have statutes that allow personal injury victims to pursue compensation. In a mass tort case, could be eligible for compensation under the following circumstances:
- You were exposed to a harmful substance or object.
- You suffered bodily harm because of the exposure.
- Someone else’s negligence caused your exposure.
- Someone has failed to warn you of the potential dangers associated with your exposure.
You might not even have to prove that the defendant’s negligence caused you to be injured. You might only have to prove that you used a certain product as directed and suffered injuries.
Is There a Deadline to File My Personal Injury Lawsuit?
The deadline for mass tort lawsuits varies from state to state. Generally speaking, the statute of limitations begins running when you are first diagnosed with a disease or condition. For example, if you suffer from mesothelioma, the statute of limitations would start running when you were first diagnosed with this cancer.
Most states require that you bring a suit within several years of discovering your injury. Some states allow you additional time to file your complaint if you did not know about your injury until a while after you were harmed.
What Happens Next? When Can I Join a Mass Tort Case?
Once you sign an engagement letter, we will start working on your case. Our attorneys at Dolman Law Group will review your medical records and valuate your claim. We will determine whether it makes sense to take your case to trial. Your lawyer will discuss this decision with you.
We will draft a complaint and answer interrogatories if we agree to represent you. These documents will tell your side of the story. We may need to depose witnesses who saw you at work, doctors who treated you, and experts who can testify as to what happened.
We will also try to settle your case before going to court. Sometimes, we can negotiate a settlement without having to go to trial.
If it makes sense in your case, you could join an ongoing mass tort case (or we could start one with other victims that suffered due to the same at-fault party).
Who Is at Fault for My Personal Injuries?
The parties at fault for your injuries will depend on how you were injured, like whether:
- You were hurt at work
- You were hurt using a product
- You were hurt getting medical care
- You were riding a bus
- You were in a negligently constructed building
Manufacturers, sellers, chemical companies, your employer, a municipality, a construction company, and many more parties could be at fault for your injuries. Your lawyer will explore and investigate the circumstances that led to your injuries and losses. We could reach out to other victims and start a mass tort against the appropriate party.
How do I know If My Situation Qualifies As a Mass Tort?
There are many different ways to classify a lawsuit as a mass tort. For example, some courts consider all product liability lawsuits mass torts. Other courts look only at those cases involving more than one defendant.
Some courts use a three-part test to determine whether a mass tort case. This test asks:
- Does the plaintiff’s injury involve a single event or occurrence?
- Is the number of defendants high enough to make the joinder impractical?
- Do the claims arise from the same core of operative facts?
Speak to your lawyer about your options and whether your case qualifies for mass tort litigation.
Dolman Law Group Will Fight for Fair Damages for You
The best way to find out if you have a good case for a mass tort lawsuit is to talk to us. We will explain how our experience has helped other clients get fair settlements and recover damages. Call Dolman Law Group today at (727) 451-6900.
We could represent you in a mass tort, an individual lawsuit, or your pursuit of an insurance or workers’ compensation claim.